Nepal's interim government has called on the newly elected Constituent Assembly to hold its first meeting on January 22.
The assembly will attempt to write a new constitution and function as the parliament.
Nepal held an election in 2008 after the monarchy was abolished. However, hopes of turning the country into a full-fledged democracy have been paralyzed for five years because of political wrangling, as well as ethnic, socio-economic and regional differences.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.